NMMA South Carolina and ABYC join forces on certification courses

July 29, 2014

The American Boat & Yacht Council and the National Marine Manufacturers Association South Carolina have joined forces to present ABYC certification courses in Charleston, S.C. The first course will be ABYC Marine Electrical Certification on September 9-12. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will host the class at its Marine Resources & Research Institute …

Webinar: Spanish Boating Market 2014

July 21, 2014

Discovering Opportunities in the Spanish Boating Market 2014 Title: Discovering Opportunities in the Spanish Boating Market 2014 Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Time: 11:30 AM–12:15 PM EDT The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is hosting a 45-minute webinar about the growing opportunities in the Spanish boating market. The webinar will also include information about NMMA’s …

Register for hands-on marine fabricator workshop

July 8, 2014

Marine Fabricators School of Excellence will be held Aug. 4-5. A hands-on workshop for marine fabricators will be held Aug. 4-5 at Australia’s Ultimo Campus of TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute. The first day will focus on manufacturing processes for polished, flexible and rigid clears. The next day will focus on marine upholstery designs, fabrics, …

Sitting pretty

July 1, 2014

With access to better fabrics and accessories, fabricators are crafting boat cushions that look great and perform well. Boat cushion design is leaving the Dark Ages, where basic vinyls, color and patterns have reigned supreme. “Over the past 10 years, fashion and design have become more prevalent in the marine industry,” says Patty Mastrandrea, a …

Taking the show on the road

Mobile shops are an increasingly popular option for onsite repairs. In today’s fast-paced world, what could be better than having your marine fabrication projects done on site? These modular, mobile structures are an excellent solution for a world that craves quick, convenient service but is still unwilling to give up on the exceptional craftsmanship that …

On-the-job training vs. classroom workshops

Both have their advocates. Hear from the experts in the marine fabrication industry to see which fits your business. What is the best route to become a skilled marine canvas fabricator? Focused classes or on-the-job training? For Mark Hood, owner of Hood Marine Canvas in Merrimac, Mass., taking a series of focused classes is the …

Compensation control

You can protect your workers … while keeping workers’ compensation costs in line. If you’re a typical marine-fabrication business owner, workers’ compensation costs—or the threat of them—can quickly become a major expense burden. Almost every business in the United States that has employees must deal with the cost of workers’ compensation; it’s a perennial issue, …


Mira Koma, Calif.-based Enduratex has introduced 12 new colors and added its stain-resistant topcoat Forbid to its Predictions line of vinyl-coated fabrics. There are now 24 total SKUs in the Predictions collection. Enduratex serves the marine, automotive, hospitality, healthcare and spa industries.

Cordless drill

BLACK+DECKER has introduced the 20V MAX Lithium Cordless Drill with AutoSense Technology featuring an automatic clutch that is three times more accurate than a mechanical clutch. The drill stops automatically when it senses the screw is flush with the work surface.

Motorized cover

The Liberator from Jackson Canvas Co. is a fully automatic, remote-controlled mooring cover/cruising top combination for pontoons constructed from Safety Components’ WeatherMAX 80 fabric. The Liberator features four separate positions: mooring cover, bimini, double bimini (full shade) and bridge for low overpass, and was recently named a 2014 Industrial Fabrics Foundation innovation award-winner.